Tolkien

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Tolkien has the period trappings and strong performances of a worthy biopic, but lacks the imagination required to truly do its subject justice.

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TOLKIEN explores the formative years of the renowned author's life as he finds friendship, courage and inspiration among a fellow group of writers and artists at school. Their brotherhood strengthens as they grow up and weather love and loss together, including Tolkien's tumultuous courtship of his beloved Edith Bratt, until the outbreak of the First World War which threatens to tear their fellowship apart. All of these experiences would later inspire Tolkien to write his famous Middle-earth novels.

Cast

Nicholas Hoult
as J.R.R. Tolkien
Lily Collins
as Edith Bratt
Colm Meaney
as Father Francis
Derek Jacobi
as Professor Wright
Tom Glynn-Carney
as Christopher Wiseman
Anthony Boyle
as Geoffrey Smith
Patrick Gibson
as Robert Gilson
Craig Roberts
as Private Sam Hodges
Pam Ferris
as Mrs. Faulkner
Laura Donnelly
as Mabel Tolkien
Harry Gilby
as J.R.R. Tolkien (Young)
Adam Bregman
as Geoffrey Smith (Young)
Albie Marber
as Robert Gilson (Young)
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All Critics (190) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (96) | Rotten (94)

  • The film looks great, a polished period piece, but the pedigree is ragged... The result is polite, plodding and unconvincing, like most movies about famous writers.

    Jun 12, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • "Tolkien" doesn't seem all that interested in providing any kind of entertainment.

    May 14, 2019 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • Tolkien may have been the most important modern fantasy author but the movie bearing his name won't stand the test of time.

    May 11, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • If you're going to tell the story of one of the most imaginative writing minds of the 20th century, why not infuse it with more ... imagination?

    May 10, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Why do people keep making films about writers?

    May 10, 2019 | Full Review…
  • For a film that seems to aspire to greatness, "Tolkien" is done in by its lack of vision. That was one quality which Tolkien himself was never accused of lacking.

    May 10, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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